April 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm #5162
…and now painting. Main colours are “Burnt Sienna” and “Raw Umber”, usually for the farmlands etc I use Burnt Sienna and for forests I use Raw Umber, some grey for areas where rocks etc will go. I usually use cheap $2 75ml tubes of Artists’ Acrylics.
I’ve painted about 2/3s so far, a few more tubes to go…April 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm #5163
Making good progress Lewis. Are you coming to see the Te Awamutu show?
RussApril 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm #5164
Aiming to be there, hopefully, have a bit more time and a chance to intro myself this time!April 19, 2019 at 2:27 pm #5171April 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm #5175April 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm #5179May 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm #5190
Few progress shorts. Work on the forest has been slow, I’m not exactly sure how I want to simulate the undergrowth under the pine trees, I’ve settled on a method Grant Morell taught me using processed sheep’s wool and flock / ground cover. As you can see I’m marking out the holes drilled for the trees, which I add a bit of PVA glue to, before adding the trees.
A few other pics of ballasting progress as well. There’s now only two modules to go for ballasting, both the main station scenes (not pictured), which I should get to during this week.June 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm #5211
Sorry about the lack of updates for the past month. I’ve been working on the modules but have hit a mental brick-wall with them. Basically, thanks to my crappy construction skills and poor tracklaying, the track simply isn’t reliable enough to run decent trains on. I can get my DSG and SD40 to do the loop, but I can’t get them to drag any wagons. It’s frustrating as hell.
I started building the modules when I lived in Upper Hutt with the expectation that they would have to be moved around a lot. My thinking was I could display them at shows etc. I didn’t factor in they’d be in a shed semi-permanently.
I’m inclined right at the moment to trash the whole lot and start again. I don’t really want to sell it as is. Which leaves me in a predicament. I don’t really want to start all over again. I’ve got a whole heap of NZ120 wagons, mainly incomplete, some NZ120 locomotives, and other bits and pieces.June 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm #5213
What exactly is the issues with the track work reliability? Lack of traction? Uncoupling? Derailing? It’s a shame cause they are coming along nicely. I’m guessing as a result of using the module ends, you’ve used code 55 track.
Unfortunately if you are looking at a near permanent layout using the code 55 is not the greatest. The argument for code 80 being oversize really only applies in actual N scale, and code 80 is FAR more reliable. I’ve used code 80 myself, and as long as your locos and rolling stock are regularly serviced (wheels balanced, cleaned, etc…) you can get near bulletproof running.
June 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm #5215
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Every possible issue with trackwork. Gaps are too wide, too lumpy. etc etc.June 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm #5216
My advice is to shut the door to the model shed, and ignore it all for a week or two, then see how you feel. I reckon what you have done is great. Your successes with your layout definitely outweigh the negatives.
So did you use the MMW module ends on all sections of your layout ?
PS Did you do a website upgrade in the last couple of months ? I can’t get anything to come up after clicking on the “Menu” option. Not necessarily a bad thing as it has forced me to use Chrome.June 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm #5217
You’re probably right. I’m just really not keen on having to rebuild everything. Yes I’ve used module ends for each join.
On the website issue, have you tried clearing your cache on Chrome? Weird it only happens on one Browser.June 23, 2019 at 10:28 pm #5218
Yeah, after posting the question re. module ends I looked back at recent pics, which clearly show the module ends.
Sorry, I meant I was having issues using Internet Explorer. The site works fine for me now as I’m using Chrome.
If you do end up selling everything and going to HOn3 1/2, I would be keen on the module stands. I tried twice to get hold of some of these, and twice the “go to man” was looking into postage. Still waiting to hear back, almost 2 1/2 years later !
Coincidentally regarding HOn 3 1/2, last night I was reading an old back issue of the Journal that featured an article by Graeme Butler on the potential of the scale.June 24, 2019 at 9:28 pm #5219
Cool, I could even personally deliver them, my younger brother lives in Katikati!
HOn3.5 just happened by accident, I was keen to do a model of the Makerua tramway and discovered the easiest way to get locomotives that looked like the 0-4-0 and a W&MR loco was to convert HO / HOe gauge locos…
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